An opportunity has arisen for a Category Leader in Information Technology based in Decatur IL or Erlanger KY. The main purpose of this role is to develop and execute global category strategies in collaboration with stakeholders and in alignment with global and local sourcing requirements. You will work closely with our business unit leaders to understand implementation challenges and to develop solutions to increase compliance. In this role, you will assist our different businesses to determine and manage requirements by providing insight into alternative options to better control demand.
Reporting to the procurement director, the main duties of this role will include:
Define specific category (Enterprise Software, SaaS, Hardware, Telecom) procurement strategy, managing risk and maximizing current/future market conditions, defining contingency planning to ensure critical supply needs are met;
Establish and maintain effective relationships with key suppliers, providing high level of issue resolution where necessary (quality and service);
Drive external / marketplace knowledge of the latest category dynamics, trends and best practices aiming to drive implementation of continuous improvement opportunities;
Develop an annual plan based on organizational goals/objectives and marketplace knowledge;
Provide leadership and support during sourcing initiatives, including total cost of ownership model development, category strategy development, fact-based negotiation strategy development & execution, supplier evaluation & selection, and category implementation;
Streamline P2P Process by ensuring consistency and best practices sharing across Businesses
Implement necessary tools and reports to manage categories and supply base e.g. contract management spend management;
Drive efforts to understand internal customer needs and summarize business requirements as input into enterprise-wide sourcing efforts;
Proactively engage internal stakeholders to align objectives, jointly develop category strategies and communicate market and sourcing information;
Establish and evaluate performance metrics for category and own cost saving results.
Bachelor's Degree preferably in Supply Management, Operations, Business or Engineering
Minimum 8 years business experience with 4 years preferably in procurement (Information Technology)
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to engage, communicate and influence mid to senior level stakeholders (internal / external) and establish trust and credibility with business unit leaders and other functional stakeholders
We transform natural products into a complete portfolio of ingredients and flavors for foods and beverages, supplements, nutrition for pets and livestock and more. And with an array of unparalleled capabilities across every part of the global food chain, we give our customers an edge in solving global challenges of today and tomorrow.